American Ballet Theatre brings its new Nutcracker to the KenCen

‘Tis the season for ballet companies to perform versions of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The American Ballet Theatre offers a new version by the company’s Alexei Ratmansky, considered one of the leading choreographers in contemporary ballet. His take, complete with sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King) won rave reviews at its debut last season in Brooklyn. Here, the company will perform with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Bethesda’s Norwood Middle School Choir and the National Cathedral School Choir. Tickets remain for performances on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Kennedy Center Opera House. Tickets are $45 to $150. Call 202-467-4600 or visit

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